Now that we’ve successfully put the anomalous 2016 behind us, it’s time to move forward with yet another festive weekend. The kings are coming! Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar are all en route to mess with your footwear, and are bringing with them an unreasonable dose of excitement for children across the country. Once you’ve gorged on your mom’s (or panadería’s) rosca, and have reviewed all of the footage of Careytastrophe 2016, get out into the sweaty Buenos Aires heat for one last hurrah this holiday season. Your resolutions can wait another week, or better yet, another year.
Friday, January 6th
A new year calls for a wardrobe makeover, and Punctum Photos wants you to be able to answer that call on the cheap. Their Feria de Moda is taking their studio from gallery to fashion hub, and you can score unique finds there for as little as AR $50 per item. Head on over to Caballito for both new and vintage pieces, and don’t forget to notice the art on the wall as you shop to your heart’s content. There will be music, and more importantly, air conditioning, so your experience will be as comfortable as can be. There’s no charge to get in, but make sure you secure your spot by sending a message here.
Punctum Photos | Gral. Martín de Gainza and Av. Rivadavia | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
We’re definitely in the thick of summer, and La Veraniega is back to take full advantage of the weather situation. They’re setting up shop at the Club Arquitectura to kick off their season of outdoor classes and milongas. Practice your ability to destroy personal space with a class by Eduardo Pareja and Laura Grandi, and stick around for the milonga with music by Bien Pulenta. There will also be plenty of food to prevent any hint of an anemic abrazo. Tickets for the whole enchilada are AR $120 (AR $90 to just dance), and you can get yours at the door.
Club Arquitectura | Av. Francisco Beiró 2116 | 8:30 PM – 3:00 AM
Holidays got you down? Get your Blues fix at the Tabaco Pub with the first Jam de Blues of 2017. If you’ve got an instrument lying around and some chops to show off, you’re more than welcome to join the performers with either Blues, R&B, Funk, or any combination thereof. Otherwise, sit back, relax, and enjoy the melancholy. Organizers, 1 4 5 Blues Band will be jamming right alongside attendees, and you can check out their style here. There’s no charge to get in, so just show up to rub elbows with your fellow San Telmo musicians.
Tabaco Pub | Estados Unidos 265 | 9:00 PM
Humberto Tortonese knows funny, which is probably why he agreed to star in the Spanish version of An Act of God. Obra de Dios will star the Martín Fierro award winning comedian as God, alongside Roberto Pelosi and Agustín Corsi. Adapted by Elio Marchi, the David Jaberbaum play actually started out as a series of tweets, so you should be right at home if your attention span is slightly stunted. Tickets for your ticket to see the man himself start at AR $200 and you can get yours in advance here.
Teatro Maipo | Esmeralda 443 | 9:00 PM
La Trocha is on a mission to entertain, and they’ve got the perfect recipe to crack your stony facade with Variete La Trocha. Hosted by the Espacio Cultural Dinamo and MC’d by Fragancia and Chumi, your variety show experience promises to combine comedy, art, music, and lively company for a catch-all event. You’ll also have full access to all of the fabulous amenities that Dinamo has to offer including a full bar, homemade treats, and the opportunity to school your frenemies on the ping-pong court. Tickets are a la gorra, and all you have to do to participate is show up.
Espacio Cultural Dinamo | Sarmiento 3096 | 10:30 PM – 2:30 AM
You may not associate Funk and Soul with Costa Rica, but once you hear Déborah Dixon, the two may show up together in your lexicon a little more often. She’ll be belting out your favorite hits at the Bebop club alongside La Fundación de Funk for a smooth transition into 2017. Dixon has called Argentina home since 1984, and made a name for herself here as the frontwoman for Las Blacanblus before venturing out on her own. You can catch a sneak peak of her latest collaboration with La Fundación here before getting your AR $250 tickets to funkytown.
Bebop Club | Moreno 364 | 11:50 PM – 2:00 AM
Ciclo Sin Tierra is coming at you with another happy meeting of music and art. Join them at the Espacio Cultural Mi Casa for a night with bands Riel, Rodrigo Armando, Esquizofrenicos, and Los Playas Grande, along with a Matias Diaz exhibit, and a cassette fair (if you were unlucky enough to be born after the nineties, this is what a cassette is). You can hang with the bands in the cultural hotspot for only AR $50, and take advantage of all the goodies the center has to offer. No need to sign up beforehand, so just show up to satisfy your senses.
Espacio Cultural Mi Casa | Agüero 787 | 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM
Vox is here to ease your transition back to real life with an epic lineup that will keep you moving all night long. They’ve got not one, but two floors set up to provide you with the options you deserve, and are dishing out everything from techno to psytrance. Check out the Facebook event to stalk the DJs on deck, and add your name to the discussion section to make sure you’re on the list. Tickets will run you AR $80 before 1:00 AM, AR $100 before 2:00 AM, AR $120 afterwards, and you can get yours at the door.
Vox | Hipólito Yrigoyen 968 | 11:59 PM – 7:00 AM
Celebrate the summer in your finest beachwear at the MA.CHO Ice Cream party. Flaunt your hard earned six-pack (or keg) at the year’s first foam party, and take advantage of happy hour drink specials all night long. What could possibly make your half-naked dance party even better? ICE CREAM. That’s right, there will be free ice cream for all you party people (while supplies last). How can you get in on this perfect storm? Send a message via the Facebook page to get your name on the list, and show up with AR $80 in your pocket. The first 200 people to arrive get in free, so don’t be late.
MA.CHO | Cabrera 3046 | 11:59 PM – 7:00 AM
Saturday, January 7th
Why does laughing feel so good? It quite literally raises your serotonin levels, and may even better equip your body to fight of disease and suffer less pain in general. Risoterapia harnesses this powerful stuff to produce and concentrate everyones favorite drug. Too embarrassed to try it alone? Spend your Saturday morning with Risoterapia expert, Mónica Aldegunde Cerazo along with other laugh-lacking hopefuls for a three hour laugh therapy workshop. All you need to do to sign up is send an email to [email protected]. No word on price, but you can message via the event, or call 4783-0679 to get all the info you need. Happy laughing!
Escuela de Valerie Gaillard | Conesa 2080 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The Centro Cultural Recoleta consistently dishes out perfect Saturday afternoon entertainment, and El Museo de los Mundos Imaginarios is yet another example of their fine work. You’ve still got plenty of time to see the mega exhibit, in case you missed the opening in mid-December among the holiday festivities. Curator Rodrigo Alonso’s idea behind Mundos Imaginarios, is simply to bring together works by more than 25 artists that give a little insight into the imaginary worlds locked in their authors’ minds. You can check out the full list of imagineers here, or just show up to the CCR for your free wonderland surprise.
Centro Cultural Recoleta | Junín 1930 | 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
What’s your best tool to combat rising temperatures? Beer, duh. The W Bar has got the brews you need to beat the heat at their 3rd Summer Beer Festival. There will be 2 for 1 deals on their featured artisanal beers all night long, and there’s no charge to get in! As if you needed any more convincing, they’ve also got pizza, burgers, and live music to sweeten the deal. Get yourself to Palermo and join other beer connoisseurs for a ticket to hoppy nirvana on the cheap.
W Bar | Lavalleja 1343 | 6:00 PM – 3:00 AM
Apparently El Bordo isn’t messing around with a long vacation and is back at it this weekend. This time they’re hanging out onstage with Covacha singer, Salva for a round of serious Argentine rock. With over ten successful albums between the two of them, there are bound to be a few hits for you to whip your hair back and forth and sing along to. As usual, Groove is hosting the unstoppable band, and you can reserve your spot to see them up close and in person here. Tickets to the rock duel start at AR $250.
Groove | Av. Santa Fé 4389 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Django Reinhardt is the poster boy for gypsy jazz skills and incredible resilience. If he were still with us, he’d be turning 107 years old, and like us, Thelonious thinks he deserves a birthday party. If you need a little brush up on his bio, you can read about the incredible Belgian born musician here, and here’s but a tiny taste of what homie was able to do (two fingers down!) in case you had any doubt about his legend status. Tickets to the party will run you AR $150 and you can reserve your spot at his well deserved homage here.
Thelonious Jazz Club | Jerónimo Salguero 1884 | 11:50 PM – 2:00 AM
Taburete always has an incredible line-up of comedy giants, and Saturday night is no different. Starting after midnight, they’ve got Bardo at the mike, who will do everything in their power to leave you in stitches. The Ier Mavi and Martín Paglia duo have been working together to make people laugh for years, and resistance to their funny is futile. Check out some of their best moments, and reserve your spot to keep your Saturday laughing here. Tickets are AR $120 if you sign up beforehand, or AR $150 at the door.
Taburete Club de Comedia | Jorge Luis Borges 1655 | 1:30 AM (technically Sunday)
Get to The Cavern for yet another homage to a well deserving legend that we lost too soon. The Diamond Dogs: Homenaje a David Bowie, is your chance to spend a few hours remembering his light and dancing to his hits. Why do we need to spend a whole night remembering Bowie? Because this. Oh, and also this. Tickets to spend the night pretending like he wasn’t a victim of 2016 will run your AR $150, and you can reserve yours in advance by sending a message via the Facebook event.
The Cavern | Corrientes 1660 | 11:30 PM – 2:30 AM
A new year is always a good excuse to consider the concept of time, and Bahrein is giving you ample space for your consideration with their Saturday night guests, Agents of Time. You can check out the kind of sounds they weave together here to make sure they’ve got the right beat to shake it to. Tickets to your electric night will run you AR $350. You can get yours in advance here and we suggest you do so, because they’re selling out fast.
Bahrein | Lavalle 345 | 11:00 PM – 5:00 AM
Sunday, January 8th
If you’ve resolved to kick up the healthy habits this year, FisioFeliz has got your Sunday morning needs covered. Their wholesome itinerary starts with a free outdoor yoga class by the fine yogis at Yoga Tierra. After you’re sufficiently blissed out, they’ve arranged for live music and a fruit-centered potluck to help you refuel. If you’re game, make sure you don’t forget your yoga mat and your favorite fruit to share with your new friends. For more info you can email [email protected], but there’s no charge to participate, and no need to sign up!
Parque Centenario | Leopoldo Marechal 900 | 11:00 AM – 2:00PM
We may have lost Leia, but her legend lives on. Join fellow Star Wars aficionados for a fun collectionneurs meet and greet. Its past success has led to the now seventh edition of the event, and you can expect vintage memorabilia, toys, and awesome people at the gathering. Bring whatever you’ve got to show off, or trade, or just get to the Parque Rivadavia with some cash to see what you can score. There’s no charge to get in, and no need to sign up beforehand.
Parque Rivadavia | Av. Rivadavia 4800 | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Get your dose of Anime, Cosplay, KPop, trivia, and video games at your one-stop shop for a cuteness overload. Yukai Fest Plus is bringing you all this and more at the Sociedad Parroquial de Vedra for their all afternoon event. Most importantly, there will be food! Don’t forget to drag out your best Cosplay costume for the competition, and brush up on your Sega Genesis and Karaoke skills to show off in front of your crew. Then turn up for your AR $70 ticket to hours of certifiably Yukai fun.
Sociedad Parroquial de Vedra | José Mármol 760 | 1:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Or lack thereof… If you’re looking for a way to show off your gams, and have always wanted to participate in a flash mob, this one’s for you. Subte Sin Pantalones is back and recruiting with the following caveats: you have to be willing to de-pants in public, and you have to be able to keep a straight face while doing it. If you’re curious as to what this might look like, you can check out last year’s version here. There’s no charge to participate, and you can find all the info you need to be a part of something bigger than yourself on the Facebook event page.
Plaza de Mayo | Av. Rivadavia and Bolívar | 3:00 PM
If you’re in the Lomas del Mirador area, and you haven’t checked out the El Camino Bar Cultural yet, tonight’s the night. They’re hosting an epic beginning of the year party for anyone who’s excited to start fresh. Jams & Zapadas Libres your chance to bust out the instrument collecting dust in the back of your closet and jam out with perfect strangers, or sit back and let the music happen to you. There’s also a killer list of bands who’ve promised to play along, food, drinks, and contests, to keep the inevitable depression caused by an impending Monday at bay. There’s no charge to get in and no need to sign up beforehand.
El Camino Bar Cultural | Av. Juan Manuel de Rosas 399 | 7:00 PM
Happy weekend y’all!